Can Sunlight Exposure Cause Skin Cancer? When Outdoors, Protecting Your Skin Is Essential For A Healthy Skin - EcoStinger

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There are several risk factors that cause skin cancer; however, the main risk factor is overexposure to sunlight (UV radiation). Skin Cancer is the most common cancer in USA and Australia, with Melanoma being the most dangerous type of skin cancer. - EcoStinger.

Millions of people head outdoor every summer without the right sun protection gear!

More people are diagnosed each year for the most common forms of skin cancer: basal cell and squamous cell. Melanoma skin cancer is less common but far more dangerous and deadlier. The increase in risk of getting Melanoma is related to sun exposure and sunburn, and is more common among fair skinned people.

The main risk factors causing skin cancer are

  •     Sunlight and Sunburns: due to UV radiation emitted by the sun that cause skin damage and may lead to skin cancer;
  •     Life Time Sun Exposure and Tanning: Sun tanning may look nice but exposing your skin over a longer period increases the chances of skin cancer.

Although governments and health organizations around the world are warning people about the danger of the sun’s UV rays, still millions of people head outdoor every summer without the right sun protection gear. Outdoor activities and specifically beach activities expose the skin to Ultraviolet Radiation and increase the risk of skin damage, sunburn and ultimately skin cancer.

Tips and Ways to Help Protect the Skin
When spending any time in the sun it is very important to protect the skin, head and eyes from the UV rays. While having the right sun hat and sunglasses will give a feeling of protection, the skin is the biggest organ of our body and need adequate cover to be safe in the sun. Applying sunscreen may give a sense of protection but this need to be re-applied during the day and is washable when in water.

Sun protection clothing can provide all day - around the clock skin protection against the sun UV rays. There are many types of clothing and swimwear that can provide skin protection, the most important is for the fabric to provide UPF50+ UV protection which blocks >97.5% of the sun UVA and UVB radiation.

If spending a full day on the beach then most definitely you are better off with sun protective swimwear which is especially made to block the sun UV radiation when using the suit in or out of the water, while keeping your skin breathing and releasing sweat during the heat of the day.

UV swimwear fabric is technically more advanced than other type of UV protective clothing, since it has many features to keep your body protected and comfortable at the same time. Fabric is originally developed for use in extreme water sports, so it is built to perform and last much more than traditional swimwear fabric. When shopping for UV protective swimsuits, make sure fabric is UPF50+ sunblock, chlorine resistant, breathable, silky soft touch on skin, light weight (similar to traditional swimwear fabric but much superior), and retain colors and elasticity for the life duration of the suit. This type of fabric can also be used for all type of outdoor and indoor sports.

People from all backgrounds, skin color or age are subject to the harsh effect of the sun UV radiation. Kids are a special group that need skin protection from an early age. When out in the sun, it is especially important to protect kids' skin all day long. The number of sunburns and skin damage experienced in childhood is linked to the risk of skin cancer later in life.

There are many sun protection swimsuits that can be recommended, however the most advanced and which provide full body cover-up is the Stinger Suit (http://www.ecostinger.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=stinger), originally designed in Australia, also called dive skins (http://www.ecostinger.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=dive+skin), sunsuit (http://www.ecostinger.com/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=sunsuit) or swim bodysuit. These suits are made from light weight swimwear fabric with UPF50+ protection. They offer full arm and legs cover, high neck, and some include built-in hood for head cover. For more information about full body cover swimsuits visit http://www.ecostinger.com/.

For more information about skin cancer related topics visit: nih.gov, epa.gov, arpansa.gov.au, and who.int!

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